Need for skills, unity and credibility says summit

The first E-20 London Summit has called for a range of measures to be put into action across the industry to counter the recession, according to its chair.

Held on 21 May at the Natural History Museum, 20 representatives from the UK events industry came to discuss the issues the industry faced and has agreed to meet regularly to move initiatives forward.

“This is the first time I have seen such a high profile group, representing everything that is outstanding about the UK events industry, come together in one place to discuss and debate the key issues affecting all of us,” says chair of the summit, Natural History Museum’s Zoë Watts. “We didn’t change the world, but we did take some huge steps forward and agreed to continue to work together to make a positive impact on our industry.”

Issues discussed in the two-hour closed meeting included resisting the reduction of skilled staff to cut costs, the possible creation of an ‘umbrella body’ for the wider industry and the need to raise the profile of the industry to wider markets and government.

“What an insightful evening it was, with some very interesting and topical debate relating to the factors currently affecting the events industry,” adds Watts .

Attendees included representatives from Eventia, Merlin Entertainments Group, Visit London and Unique Venues of London.

Updates on the summit were twittered throughout the evening so the outgoing messages could be followed.

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